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Thinkpad T21 keeps turning itself off

I spilled some wine on my Thinkpad T21 and then let it dry, took it apart to make sure it was dry then put it back together. I can get it to start and run and work properly for a couple minutes but then it keeps shutting itself off. PLEASE help. This is my fathers computer and I really cant afford to replace the entire thing right now.

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Re: Thinkpad T21 keeps turning itself off

You're going to have to open the machine up, which isn't something I recommend for a novice. It's possible the fan has become sticky and isn't turning properly, so the thermostat is shutting the system down. It's also possible there is a short somewhere. Does the keyboard work properly? Is it sticky? Was it red or white wine? (it could make a difference, but it doesn't) Good luck

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I had a similar problem after My pc got damp in a bag in the rain. I contacted IBM and was given this fix which I am supprised worked but it did so here it is cannot hurt to try. Remove the main battery and the mains power supply press the power on button for 17 seconds. This I think is to drain all the power from the laptop altogether. Replace the mains lead and turn on. Once the laptop has openen up into windows turn it off and replace the mains battery then power on again. In my case this worked I hope this helps.

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